“Saturday Night Live” writers must love it when old-time recurring hosts like
The holiday fun kicked off with a song in the spirit of "Santa's My Boyfriend" about wanting Christmas booty, and then segued into a promo for "
A much lower-budget (and sillier and weirder and maybe funnier) holiday TV promo came for the
The show did manage to blend current events and the holidays when
A bit that got resurrected (and will probably recur again) involved the blissfully idiotic classroom of children from the Edward Norton episode. In this version, Goodman played a fire marshal, advising children on holiday safety but ultimately the kids excitedly began thinking of ways to "surprise" Santa, like hiding in the fireplace, oven, refrigerator or a dry-cleaning bag. It was a little reminiscent of the famous Mainway Toys bit featuring Dan Aykroyd and the bag o' glass from the early days of "SNL."
Some guest stars came in for a bit called "The Three Wise Guys," where Goodman,
The funniest and weirdest scene involved Goodman, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant and Kenan Thompson dressed in huge (and it needs to be said--beautiful) snowflake costumes as part of a community holiday pageant. As the adults begin to dance in the manner of a children's theater production, the audience hears their dismayed internal monologue as all the dancers instantly realize that the dance was dumb and embarrassing and that they had incorrectly imagined it would be a lot better (yet continue to grin hugely). "My sister is getting married right now, and I chose to be here," thinks once dancer. Another notices a man in a wheelchair in the audience and envisions him thinking "Thank god my legs can't do that." The dance, of course, was dedicated to Nelson Mandela.
"SNL" has got one more holiday show coming before the year closes out, with